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Nancy Wilson Biography, Life Documentary and Cause of Her Death

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Nancy Wilson Biography, Life Documentary and Cause of Her Death.

Nancy Wilson Biography… Nancy Wilson is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer who has a net worth of $15 million. Nancy Wilson has earned her net worth as a member of the Seattle/Vancouver rock band Heart. Nancy joined the band along with her older sister Ann. Nancy and lead guitarist Roger Fischer lived together for some time.

Nancy Wilson Biography

Nancy Wilson Biography

She was born on March 16, 1954 in San Francisco, Cailfornia she attended Pacific University located in Oregon, as well as Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, she majored in art and German literature. Nancy was the lead vocalist on some of the band’s hits such as “Treat Me Well”, “Theses Dreams”, Stranded”, “There’s the Girl”, and “Will You Be There (In the Morning)”.

Nancy also frequently performed the background and harmony vocals. She was also the rhythm and lead guitarist for the band. She released a solo album in 1999 titled Live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop. Nancy married Cameron Crowe on July 27, 1986; Crowe was a film director and former writer for Rolling Stone. They have two sons and divorced in December of 2010.


While Nancy was in junior high and Ann was in high school, the Wilson girls performed in local band such as Rapunzel and Viewpoint. After her sister graduated from high school, Nancy Wilson performed often on Seattle’s coffeehouse circuit as a solo artist. After graduating from high school herself in 1972, she declined an invitation to join her sister’s band Heart in Vancouver, instead enrolling at tiny Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, to study art and German literature.

However, under constant prodding from her older sister to come to Vancouver and join Heart—who had already established themselves as one of Vancouver’s premier bands—Wilson finally relented in 1974, leaving school to join her sister and her bandmates in Canada. “Ann and I were always going to end up playing in a band together,” Nancy Wilson later recalled. “I just felt in my soul really that I needed to hold that off and experience life without Ann so that I’d have more to bring to the table when I came back.”

While she was the newcomer and youngest member of Heart, Wilson immediately made her presence in the band felt. “I started writing right away and we wanted to incorporate the acoustic into the hard rock. Led Zeppelin was an influence on us, because they had both electric and acoustic. That was our focus. We were going to redefine the band, and we did. We got turned down by every major label, twice, in the process.” Finally, in 1976, Heart convinced a small Canadian label, Mushroom Records, to release their debut album,Dreamboat Annie.

Boosted by the strength of its iconic lead track “Magic Man” and two additional hit singles, “Dreamboat Annie” and “Crazy on You,” Dreamboat Annie (1976) became a surprising commercial success, peaking all the way at No. 7 on the U.S. albums chart. Heart’s 1977 follow-up album, Little Queen, featuring the now-classic song “Barracuda,” proved another enormous commercial and critical success.

Other noteworthy early Heart albums include Dog & Butterfly (1978), featuring the singles “Straight On” and “Dog & Butterfly,” BeBe le Strange (1980), featuring “Even It Up,” and Private Audition (1983), featuring “This Man is Mine.”

Shifting Gears.

Although members of Heart have come and gone with considerable frequency over the duration of the band’s long career, Nancy and Ann Wilson have always remained the band’s driving force—its lead guitarist and lead singer and its primary songwriters. Heart thus enjoys as important place in rock history as the first entirely female-driven rock band to achieve widespread popularity.

In 1985, Heart shifted gears to deploy a more pop-friendly sound with their eighth album, Heart. The result was even more commercial success. Heart became the band’s only album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts on the way to selling over 5 million copies. The single “These Dreams” reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart, and three other songs, “What About Love,” “Never” and “Nothin’ At All,” cracked the Top 10. Heart’s next album, 1987’s Bad Animal, nearly replicated that success, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard chart behind the hit songs “Alone” and “Who Will You Run To.” Completing a trio of albums that marked the peak of Heart’s popularity was Brigade (1990), featuring the iconic single “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You.”

After their 1993 album Desire Walks On failed to achieve the success of the band’s previous efforts, the Wilson sisters briefly disbanded Heart to form a new band called The Lovemongers. The Lovemongers toured briefly in the Pacific Northwest and released one album, Whirlygig, in 1997. However, the sisters then reformed Heart and released a 2004 comeback album, Jupiters Darling, which received high critical praise but didn’t sell especially well. Heart’s most recent album, Red Velvet Car, released in 2010, returned them to national prominence and commercial success, reaching No. 10 on the Billboard charts and featuring the popular singles “WTF” and “Hey You.”


Nancy Wilson married film director Cameron Crowe in 1986. They had twin sons before divorcing in 2010, after 24 years of marriage.

As lead guitarist of Heart—the band that injected acoustic guitar and femininity into hard rock, becoming one of the most enduringly successful rock bands of all time with hit albums spanning more than three decades—Nancy Wilson holds a special place in music history. However, even after all those years and hit songs and records, Wilson and her sister remain steadfastly focused on what they see as their life mission—to make and share beautiful music.

“I like to stay focused on what we’re trying to get done, so we can hopefully make something great and maybe even uplifting,” Wilson said. “Because I think that’s what we were put here to do.”

Death Record

Nancy Wilson died Thursday after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., her manager Devra Hall Levy told NPR. She was 81.

Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1937, Wilson has recounted in interviews that she started singing around age 3 or 4.

“I have always just sung. I have never questioned what it is. I thank God for it and I just do it,” she told Marian McPartland, host of NPR’s Piano Jazz in 1994.

She never had formal training but was influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole, and others. Wilson says she knew at an early age what she would do for a living.

During her decades-long career, Wilson performed jazz ballads, standards, torch songs, show tunes and pop songs. She told McPartland that she loves a song with a good story and good lyrics. A song that has a beginning, middle and an end.

After attending Central State College in Ohio for one year, she left to pursue music full time. She had been touring continuously in her 20s when she met saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. He suggested she move to New York and in 1959 she did. Many successful singles and albums followed.

NG Team.

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